Google Engineer Fired For Sexist Memo

Lena Tucker
August 9, 2017

According to Reuters, Damore said he was sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".

The employee's dismissal followed an email earlier in the day from Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai to the company's employees, saying that the memo writer violated company policy, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday night.

In an excerpt from the note sent to employees, Pichai wrote: "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not okay".

USA technology giant Google has fired a male engineer who wrote a memo questioning the need for gender diversity programs in the industry.

But it also asserts that women "prefer jobs in social and artistic areas" while more men "may like coding because it requires systemizing", fueling a smoldering debate about sexism in Silicon Valley.

Damore's memo created a firestorm of controversy that likely won't end with his firing. In January, according to an article in The Verge, the US Department of Labor sued the firm for what it claimed was "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce".

The former Google engineer confirmed to Bloomberg that he was sacked on Monday.

Google attracted a lot of criticism over the weekend after one of its software engineers wrote a memo that was biased against female employees.

Google, which is now the world's largest search engine and a unit of Alphabet Inc, hired a new vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown.

Damore's email has become radioactive for Google, with many within the company also calling for repercussions.

The brazen statement comes as companies in the technology sector, such as Google and rideshare app Uber, struggle to overcome complaints of festering gender discrimination and sexual harassment against women employees.

Recode, Bloomberg and other media outlets on Monday reported that the author of the controversial internal document was sacked. She said the author made "incorrect assumptions about gender". About 80% of Google's technical staff are male, according to the company's latest demographic report.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Google's vice president for diversity argued: "We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company... we'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul".

All this comes at the time when Google is facing a lawsuit in United States court for following a male-driven and gender-biased work culture.

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